Kodoani.com – Kyoto Animation announced on Friday that the Tokubetsuhen Hibike! Euphonium: Ensemble Contest, theatrical anime with the “Ensemble Concert” arc by Sound! Euphonium, will open in Japan on August 4 in 74 theaters. Kyoto Animation is also showing a new trailer for the anime.
Kyoto Animation also revealed a new visual, revealing that Ayaka Ohashi will be voicing Tsubame Kamaya in the film. In addition, TRUE will perform the movie’s song “Ensemble”.
Kyoto Animation previously revealed that the “Ensemble Concert” season will feature a “medium length” anime (longer than a short, shorter than a feature film). The anime will have both theatrical and Blu-ray release.
Tatsuya Ishihara will return to direct the anime at Kyoto Animation. Taichi Ogawa is the assistant director, Jukki Hanada is writing the script, Shoko Ikeda is designing the characters, Kazumi Ikeda is the chief animation director, and Akito Matsuda is composing the music.
Kyoto Animation’s film adaptation of Kumiko’s third year of high school will air in 2024.
Light novel author Ayano Takeda has published the story of Kumiko’s third year in high school in two novel volumes. The first volume was released in April 2019 and the second volume was released in June 2019.
Note: The next paragraph contains spoilers for the novel.
In the novel, the band is once again focused on winning a gold medal at the Nationals. Kumiko is the new band president, with ex-boyfriend Shuuichi Tsukamaoto as vice president, and Reina Kousaka as the drum expert. As with the previous year, new freshmen join the band with their own quirks, chief among them Maya Kuroe, a euphonium player from Seira Girls’ School. Maya is a formidable presence in the school ring and is Sapphire’s alma mater.
The first 13-episode television anime for the franchise premiered in April 2015. The anime adaptation for Gekijō-ban Hibike! Euphonium: Kitauji Kōkō Suisōgaku-Bu e Yōkoso is a “flashback” by Kitauji Kōkō Suisōgaku-Bu e Yōkoso in April 2016. The 13-episode series Sound! Euphonium 2 is a sequel that premiered in October 2016. The sequel inspired Gekijō-ban Hibike! Euphonium: Todoketai Melody is a September 2017 compilation film.
The film Liz and the Blue Bird centered on Mizore Yoroizuka and Nozomi Kasaki opened in Japan in April 2018. Sound! Euphonium The Movie – Our Promise: A Brand-New Day opens in Japan in April 2019. The film follows Kumiko as a sophomore.